"The Summer Institute was invigorating! It helped me reframe my instructional practices through the lens of sustainability. The interconnections between social justice, equity and sustainability principles are now at the forefront of child centered learning in and outof my classroom. CELF’s place-based learning approach enhanced my ability to incorporate nature and real world experiences into standards-aligned curriculum. It was a transformative week!”

Robin Farrell
STEAM Teacher
Hillside Elementary School
HAstings-on-Hudson, NY

Manhattanville College - Purchase, NY

July 15-18, 2019 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

A four-day professional learning program open to K-12 teachers, administrators, and non-formal educators

Check out our Westchester Summer Institute Flyer

Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. Discover how to transform student learning into an authentic exploration of real-world problems and solutions. Deepen your knowledge of sustainability principles and practices to inspire your students to become Earth Citizens of a sustainable future. 

Closing Circle July 12th 2018 (3)

The Institute begins by building a learning community and a common vocabulary around sustainability, and progresses with hands-on activities, case studies, guest presentations, evening excursions and field work. CELF educators guide and support as you design curriculum plans and projects centered on place-, problem-, and project-based learning driven by your own classroom's needs and interests, so that participants will have tangible materials to bring back to their classrooms.

CELF has been conducting Summer Institutes in Westchester County for more than a decade and has trained more than 1,000 teachers. 

Listen to what one alum has to say about his favorite takeaway from the Summer Institute:


When you leave, you will be able to:

  • Design and implement a project-based learning unit addressing real-world issues in any subject.

  • Apply Next Generation Science Standards Crosscutting Concepts to existing curriculum.

  • Use school grounds, neighborhood, and community to design place-based learning experiences.

  • Use systems thinking in any subject to analyze content or issues, create models, explore alternatives and propose solutions.

  • Do all of the above while meeting academic standards and best practices of providing student-centered, creative learning experiences.

The CELF Summer Institute experience is most effective when you attend with a team of your peers. We hear from our many alums that support from and collaboration with colleagues amplifies the benefits that emerge from the Summer Institute.